04 Apr

‘Officers, officers, why do you have your guns out?’ ”

Below is an email from Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., whose
father, a 68-year-old veteran of the U.S. Marines, was killed in his home by the
police in White Plains, NY, on November 19, 2011. Kenneth created his petition
on, a new site that allows anyone to start their own online
petitions. You can read more about his father’s death here.

We demand justice for Kenneth
Chamberlain Sr., a 68-year-old veteran killed in his home by police.
Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., was killed in his home by police.

Sign the petition

Dear The McGlynn,

On November 19, 2011, my father, 68-year-old Kenneth
Chamberlain Sr., was shot and killed in his home in White Plains, New

My father was a 20-year veteran of the Westchester
County Department of Corrections and proudly served the United States of America
as a Marine. He stood about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, and he suffered from a heart

The events that led to his killing began around 5
a.m., when his medical alert device was accidentally set off, sending a call to
the City of White Plains Department of Public Safety. Everything that
happened after that was recorded by an audio device installed in my father’s
home as part of his medical alert system.

When the police arrived at my father’s home, he and the staff
for his medical alert service told them that there was no medical emergency and
asked them to leave. And yet they insisted that my father let them into his
home, banging loudly on my father’s door for over an hour. On the recording,
the police can be heard calling my father a “nigger.”

Ultimately they broke through his apartment door and first
shot him with a Taser. He was wearing nothing but boxer shorts when the police
began their assault against him. Shortly after that, he was shot with two
40-caliber rounds and killed.

My family is asking the Westchester County District
Attorney to bring a criminal indictment, and we call on the United States
Department of Justice or the New York State Attorney General to prosecute this
as a hate crime.

Will you sign our petition? Click here to sign and please
share with your friends:

The petition says:

This petition is regarding the upcoming
grand jury hearing in the case of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an unarmed elderly
black citizen who was shot to death by the White Plains Police Department.

This case not only brings into question
the policies and practices of this department; but it is an open question
whether it was inevitable, particularly in light of the audio tapes and video
tapes witnessed by Mr. Chamberlain’s family members and attorneys where racial
slurs and expletives were used before ultimately shooting him twice in the chest
and killing him.

It is imperative that those tapes be made
available to the grand jury, and that all other evidence be presented as well. I
am concerned that secrecy so far—for example, the names of officers involved
have not been released—bodes badly for transparency in this case as it moves
forward. Nor am I aware of any public statements about the case from elected
officials calling for openness.

Members of Mr. Chamberlain’s family and
community—and a much wider circle of people who need to know there is fairness
in the criminal justice system—seek reassurance that, no matter what the
verdict, the process has been open, honest, and just.

We, the undersigned, implore Westchester
County District Attorney Janet DiFiore to no longer allow police misconduct,
brutality, or criminality to happen in this community and ask that these
officers be indicted and charged with murder and civil rights violations.

Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name,
and then pass it along to your friends:


–Kenneth Chamberlain Jr.

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